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Monday, 28 October, 2002, 07:06 GMT
Rail line reopens after floods
GNER train
Services were halted between Edinburgh and Berwick
Work to reopen a cross-border rail link which was closed by landslides has been completed.

Railtrack said the east coast main line would be up and running again on Monday morning after a 750,000 repair project.

An eight-mile section of the line was blocked on Tuesday after three landslips near Cockburnspath, East Lothian.


We have seen a significant rise in the number of emergency repairs needed to restore the railway following severe flooding

Railtrack spokeswoman
The flooding which followed last week's severe weather caused damage to the track bed, signalling and telecommunications equipment.

The line closure forced the suspension of the train service between Berwick and Edinburgh.

A replacement coach service had to be brought into operation.

Railtrack said 50 track and signalling engineers had been working round the clock to get the line open again.

A spokeswoman for the company said: "There was a massive effort to restore this line as quickly as possible.

River Teviot near Jedburgh
Severe weather led to flooding across Scotland
"We are very grateful for the co-operation we received from all the train operators affected and for the huge amount of work by the contractors involved."

She said this was the latest example of the damage which could be caused to the railway infrastructure by torrential rain and flash flooding.

"Over the last six months, we have seen a significant rise in the number of emergency repairs needed to restore the railway following severe flooding.

"This is currently being given a high priority by our structural engineers.

"We have increased our planned expenditure on drainage and earthworks this year and have put in place weather management programmes to help us mitigate the affects of severe rain fall in the future," she said

Gale force winds

The severe weather brought disruption to roads and rail services across much of Scotland early last week.

England and Wales bore the brunt of the stormy conditions later in the week.

Four adults and three children were killed south of the border and several others were seriously injured as winds reached speeds of more than 90mph.

At least 21 people died as the gale force winds left a trail of destruction across the UK and north west Europe.


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